Improving the quality health care delivery system: Kumar to the officer

Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Secretary Bhupinder Kumar today chaired a meeting at the Civil Secretariat here to review the functioning of the health sector in Kashmir division.
During the meeting, various Health Key Performance Indicators were discussed to the hilt and all Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents of Kashmir Division were instructed to improve the public health delivery system holistically.
The Director of Health Services, Kashmir, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, made a brief presentation on achievements and bottlenecks besides highlighting measures to ensure better public health delivery.
The Secretary was briefed on various projects and programs undertaken by the Kashmir Health Services Directorate.
The Secretary stressed the need to design a comprehensive health care delivery system in which all services such as preventive, diagnostic and curative services are provided to the needy so that health expenditures are minimized.
The Secretary directed the officers to extend the distribution of drugs under the Health Management Information System/e-Aushadhi down to the sub-centre level in addition to effectively implementing all the components of the system in the UT health facilities. He further directed those concerned to ensure that the necessary training is given to doctors and nurses on palliative and geriatric care in all districts.
Regarding quality health services, the secretary asked officials to identify more such institutions that can apply for certification of the national quality assurance standard. He urged them to make maximum use of funds approved for infrastructure, in addition to following up on NABARD’s DPRs with the relevant District Development Commissioners.
Among others, the meeting was attended by Chief Medical Officers and Medical Superintendents of Kashmir Division.
The secretary appreciated Kashmir’s health department for its excellent role during Shri Amarnathji Yatra, Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan, mental health programs and IEC activities run by the health department.
While reviewing the operation of the National Dialysis Programme, the Secretary expressed his dismay at the reduced number of dialysis sessions undertaken despite the good number of machines available and geared towards improving the operation of this program for the benefit of patients .
He asked the chief medical officers to further improve their performance. He further emphasized on the increasing availability of Jan Aushudi drugs in hospitals and insisted on increasing sales of these drugs in public hospitals. He said people need to be made aware of the benefits of these affordable, quality drugs.

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